Youth Formation

The Children’s Gathering on the Square

The Children’s Gathering on the Square is a partnership between the Cathedral of St. Andrew and St. Peter’s Episcopal Church on Queen Emma Street. Programs meet in rooms at the back of St. Peter’s Parish Hall.

Classes and Activities

For children in pre-school through grade 4:
The Godly Play* program is appropriate for children who are curious about bible stories they hear in church. It meets weekly in “The Loft from approximately 9 am to 10 am on Sunday mornings.”

Older children are welcome to assist as teachers’ aides with either group.

For more information regarding either program, contact Beth Young bethcasper@aol.com 808-236-2333.

About Godly Play

Godly Play is based on the teachings and writings of Jerome W. Berryman, including Godly Play: An Imaginative Approach to Religious Education and other works.

This approach provides the tools for children’s journeys of faith: its space is inviting, and creates mystery and wonder. We are visually reminded it is a holy space. It invites touching things, yet it is clear there is something reverential about them. It is a quiet space that facilitates prayer and contemplation.

Godly Play can be a transformative experience for everyone involved, whatever their ages. We are lucky to have this program in partnership with St. Peter’s as the foundation of our Children’s Ministries at the Cathedral of St. Andrew.

To learn more: In-Depth Look at Godly Play

photo: two boys engaged in Godly Play Work

Coming Up!

Godly Play, February 2019

February 3: Parable of the Good Samaritan

Today’s story was the Parable of the Good Samaritan. Parables are the closest thing we have to the actual words of Jesus. In our time together today, we heard the story and wondered why a Samaritan man (whose people who distrusted and disliked the Jews) would stop and help an injured Jewish man.

February 10: Parable of the Great Pearl

This is another story Jesus told about what the kingdom of heaven is like. Jesus tells about a pearl merchant as he searches for “the Great Pearl”.  When he finds it, the merchant exchanges all that he possesses in order to have “the Great Pearl”. In this way we learn that we need to be willing to exchange everything earthly to gain everything heavenly.

February 17: Parable of the Mustard Seed

We hear the Parable of the Mustard Seed today. Mustard seeds are very tiny seeds! Yet from these tiny seeds a plant can grow large enough to give great service. Just think of the great power contained in that tiny seed of faith!

February 24: Parable of the Sower

Many people think they understand this parable. If you put seeds in good soil they grow, right? Thorny soil is problematic, rocky soil is nearly impossible and tossing the seeds on top of the soil make seeds into bird food! Jesus reminds us in the telling of this parable that seeds “can” grow anywhere. What is the seed ... More…

Godly Play, January, 2019

January 6 Epiphany “Star Party” The Magi’s Gifts
Today we will will hear of the of the gifts given to the Christ Child by the Magi and will have a “Starry” Celebration to close the season of Christmas.

January 13 Jesus’ Baptism
This Sunday we learn the Story of Baptism. In our Episcopal tradition, Holy Baptism by water and the Holy Spirit, is full initiation into the Church. People are baptized in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit – the Creator, Redeemer, and Sustainer. We invited the children to remember the day of their baptism (or look forward to it) as we light candles from the Christ candle.

January 20 Parable of Parables
“What’s really inside a parable?” We will use a series of nesting boxes to begin to understand what a parable really is and why Jesus offered them to us. We learned together how words that were “just right” for one generation, needed to be changed to “fit” the next. Parables have been told and retold over hundreds and hundreds of generations since Jesus shared them with us.

January 27 Parable of the Good Shepherd
Today we hear the familiar Parable of the Good Shepherd. The Good Shepherd knows each of his sheep by name and they know the sound of his voice. While he shows the sheep the way to the good green grass and the cool, clear water, he also goes wherever he must when they ... More…

Godly Play, December, 2018

December 2 Advent 2 (the Holy Family)
On this Sunday we light another candle, revisit the story of last week and hear the story of the Holy Family and their long, uncomfortable trip to Bethlehem. Mary was heavy with a baby inside her and Joseph helped her as best he could. (They were the last people to arrive in Bethlehem that night).

December 9 Advent 3 (the Shepherds)
This week we light yet another candle, this time a rose colored one. We hear the story of angels and their announcement to the shepherds on that night.The shepherds were told to go into Bethlehem, the savior had been born. Imagine the shepherds surprise! Do you think they hesitated before they obeyed the angels?

December 16 Advent 4 (the Magi)
Today the last of the fourth candle is set ablaze. We hear the story of the Three Magi who knew all the stars in the sky. When they saw a “wild star” they knew they had to follow it. Thus they began their long journey into mystery.

December 23 no lesson. Special Christmas Eve program!

December 25 (Tuesday) Christmas Day!
This is the day the white fifth candle on an Advent wreath may be lit in celebration of Jesus birth.
(Tradition suggests that all five of the candles on the wreath can be briefly lighted
daily until the day of Epiphany.)

December 30 no formal lesson
Prepare for the “Star Party” next week!

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Godly Play Schedule, November, 2018 photo: two boys engaged in Godly Play Work

November 4 St. Thomas Aquinas
As we hear the story of the life of St. Thomas Aquinas we will learn that Thomas is known for his thinking about God. Thomas grew up in a monastery in Italy. He went to college when he was quite young (12). St. Thomas had two favorite kinds of books: the Bible and those written by Aristotle. His friends gave him the nickname of silent ox. Thomas was because he not only quite large, but he spoke little, preferring the company of his favorite books. Thomas’ writings aimed at explaining questions people had about God.

November 11 St. Elizabeth of Portugal
St. Elizabeth was born about 800 years ago in Spain. When she was 12 years old she was married to Dennis the King of Portugal. Elizabeth became the mother of two sons and although it was unusual for a woman to initiate such projects, she built a hospital for abandoned children, shelters for poor travelers, hospitals for sick people and a place for women to go when they were in need. Elizabeth also had a heart for the environment too. She planted many pine trees on the beaches of her country to keep the sand from blowing away. St. Elizabeth of Portugal was peaceful and made peace for God.

November 18 St. Nicholas
We will have a lesson that teaches about the life of a well-known saint of God. St. Nicholas was the bishop of Myra, ... More…